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April 12, 2007

Presentation On Hormone Replacement Therapy Set For April 19 In Des Moines

As a part of the University of Iowa Alumni Association's Lifelong Learning Series, UI professor Dr. Robert B. Wallace will give a presentation, "Hormone Replacement Therapy: The Controversy Over Postmenopausal Estrogen," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive in Des Moines.

The UI Alumni Association and the UI Center on Aging are presenting this Osher Lifelong Learning Institute event. The talk is free for UI Alumni Association members and $5 (to be collected at the event) for non-members.

In his talk, Wallace will review the debate about hormonal therapy (HT) and discuss treatment options used to combat the symptoms of menopause and prevent chronic illness in the next stage of life.

According to Wallace, HT was accepted treatment (on the basis of incomplete scientific evidence) until 15 years ago to protect against coronary heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death among mature women. Since then, results from the Women's Health Initiative -- the first large clinical research project to determine the long-term health consequences of HT -- have shown that the picture is much more complex and that HT may lead to increased heart disease and stroke.

Wallace is a professor of epidemiology and internal medicine at the UI College of Public Health and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and co-director of the university's Center on Aging. He has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, where he serves as a senior advisor, and a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and past chair of its Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He is the author or co-author of more than 240 publications and 22 book chapters and has edited four books, including the current edition of Maxcy-Rosenau-Last's textbook "Public Health and Preventive Medicine."

A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. before the program. Participants should RSVP by Tuesday, April 17 to the UI Alumni Association online at http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/schedule.html or by calling 800-469-2586.

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CONTACTS: Program: UI Alumni Association, 800-469-2586. Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu